b. 1984, USA. Phenomenology of First Water, 2020. Oil on canvas. 182.88 x 243.84 cm

Rigorously built from layers of pattern making with thin oil paint, cloud-like structures energetically traverse Phenomenology of First Water. Various pigments of blue that command the landscape reflect Ashley Taraban’s approach to using colour to cross the sensory barrier, embodying feelings and states of being. Referencing subatomic particles and cells, the small cluster of lines and dots add a feeling of merging into larger organic shapes. Together, these elements conjure a heightened awareness of the presence of a transformative energy.

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